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Mega Millions & Powerball Hit Combined $2 Billion Jackpot

Mega Millions & Powerball Hit Combined $2 Billion Jackpot

From July 27 through October 16, Mega Millions sales in North Carolina raised an estimated $10.6 million for education, the lottery site said.

The next drawing, which is scheduled for Tuesday (10/23) at 11pm, will have an estimated jackpot of $1.6 billion.

The $2 million victor has not yet claimed their prize. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would tie the largest lottery prize in US history.

Australian lotto players might not have such a big prize to play for but this week $60 million is up for garbs with $10 million in Tuesday's Oz Lotto, $30 million in the Powerball draw on Thursday and then $20 in Saturday's Superdraw. Players will have another chance to win on Wednesday (10/24) at 11pm.

The numbers were drawn for what was a $470 million dollar Powerball jackpot Saturday.

The winning numbers were: 16, 54, 57, 62, 69, and Powerball 23.

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The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

The current jackpot been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million. The last time anyone won the Powerball was on August 11th in NY for $245 million.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren't good.

Each Powerball ticket is $2.

"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, tells CNN. The game is played in 44 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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